Carl; That's it pal get on those them there trails. Sounds like you and the family are having a great time.
PS: yeah was happy with my parkrun as ran it hard but didn't go into the red zone.
Washwood. Are you going to benidorm to run the HM, or are you on holiday and the HM is on whilst you are there? I've ran a HM on holiday before. It was a very beery and bloated affair.
Ali; Your training sounds like its going great. You seem to be mixing speed, stamina and distance very well. and 7 min miles at your speed session. awesome. the 6:xx will be round the corner.
I got in a hill sesh onnTuesday night , 8 x 0.40 mile hills repeats. Then last night I rand a 10 mile lactate threshold run. I didn't quite reach the pace I needed to but I wasn't quite feeling it though as had driven to and from Luton yesterday and the traffic back was murder. fecking caravans all over the shop. So I was pretty jaded even before I put a trainer on. So at least I got out and did it anyway.
After watching Arsenal hopefully scrape 3 points against Newcastle, ive got a golden mile track race tomorrow at Leeds carnegie. Im in the 2nd fastest heat and I dont know how that happened!! eek. In my current form and now lighter frame I reckon 5:00 - 5:15 is a good shout for me. We shall see.
Then Sunday its a 17 miler where im gonna throw in loads of hills.
For the mens support group: Weight is coming down nicely and at 13st 9 lb today. I'm aiming for 13st and reckon when I get there i'm probably at a good racing weight. I've come along way from the 15st 11lb, 20 a day lager lout that came back from vegas in 2011
Carl. A load of my running club have just got back from some races in the alps . i think they were called the Cortina Trails. They said it is the most spectacular place on earth to run scenery wise so im sure you'll be able to find a few cracking little trails.
RE a running club. You seem to do loads of training in Regents park, so surely there must be a running club who use that for their club runs. Get signed up. Like others have said on here, just doing so progresses your running to the next level as you are doing structured drills and a good mixture of speed, tempo, distance etc. I think the biggest club in London are serpentine but you also have smaller ones in North London like Queens Park, Barnet stags etc. Do it mate, you will not regret.
Rob. well done on the weight loss. keep it up and same advice for you RE a running club. Get joined.
PS: All the best with your Dad. fingers and toes crossed for a speedy recovery.
Ali: I love the track stuff. Its bloody hard and when you are full pelt it feels like your lungs are going to explode. Yet they seem to be my most productive sessions. I have a 'golden mile' track race next week and am looking for a sub 5:20 time. eek.
Carter: full report on the watch in a few weeks please as ill be looking for a new one at Xmas. Thinking of binning off garmin, not for the watch itself, but the garmin connect feature is rubbish. Most annoying thing for me is if you have two runners with 2 garmins using the same computer. garmin connect doesn't give you an option to ask what garmin account you want the run synced to. Its pretty basic and Ive fed it back to them so many times and always get the same answer. 'under development'. Pretty lame.
So Ive listened to good advice (thanks Carter and carl) and rested up this week. Seems like an eternity and fells really weird getting home from work and not jumping straight into my running togs, but ive done it. left knee which was giving me the gip feels fine now but ive woken up this morning and my right knee feels like its been punched and really bruised????
Eh, so random. It did this last week also when I was in Glasgow, my right knee just flared up overnight for no reason and was fine again the next day.
Ive got a recce run on Sunday for the Leeds Country Way relay im taking part in on Sept 6th so fingers crossed. As its a recce run we will be taking it plenty slow. Im gonna give it a run out at Parkrun tomorrow on one of the flatter ones in Leeds. Fingers crossed
Gosh us men on here are turning into a reet little weight watchers group aren't we. I've moderated my diet by cutting down on sweets and eating dark chocolate in place of dairy chocolate etc. Still am chomping the odd pizza and burger but have massively cut-down on alcohol. Thats the key for me.
Carter: Congrats on the wedding plans and unlucky on the upcoming prison sentence.
Rob: I love the lake district to. Been cycling loads round there but never ran. Hilly though isnt it.
PS for a moment I thought you said you are running the Coventry marathon and I thought blimey thats a strange one to pick for a visit to the UK. Then I read again. lol.
So I had a pretty fast week in running terms last week. Just the 3 runs but covered 32 miles all at an average pace of 7:42. whoosh. lol
Ali: I did 2 very enjoyable runs in Glasgow in the end. Thanks for the XC offer, but I was going home that day to be fair.
Did One along the canal, then back along the Kelvin through the botanic gardens. 10 miles. Then the next night I went along the Clyde for a 10k out and back at threshold pace. I was lucky as apparently its rained in Glasgow solid all summer and the 2 nights I was there was very sunny.
Then yesterday I ran 15 miles all on road at a 7:38 pace, including several considerable hills. I don't know where that burst of LSR speed came from to be honest, but it was just one of those runs I got out on the road and floored it as it felt good.
The high of nailing a good run like that became a low as my knee flared up again post run which is really starting to worry me now, as this has been 3 weeks with this pain.
Its not super painful, just a constant dull ache. But Ive never had it like this for 3 weeks, so I just hope this dosent become chronic.
Ive taken the decision to scrap training this week and test it out on a parkrun on saturday. Might get the bike out and hit the countryside instead.
Ali. Im staying in the premier inn in town. George street I think. I see glasgow is quite a grid system so dont really fancy that.
I was kinda eyeing up jumping on the canal and running for 3 miles where it meets a river (kelvin I think). This river then double backs i town by the exhibition centre. At this point I reckon I would have 7-8 under the belt, then just make up the last few exploring town.
Ali. Wow, never heard of a XC race in August. That's really early. I cant imagine running an xc on dried caked mud. Good going though.
Carter. Sound like you had a great holiday. I do like a good Cornish IPA and i'm sure you necked a few of these. I've heard good reports about Chester if you do change your mind and decide to run it.
Carl: 56 miles!! Very impressive. Is that where your plan peaks or have you any longer weeks ahead?
Rob; 1 word alcohol. it is a fat magnet for me. Ive done really well for the last 6-8 weeks and have really cut this down drastically, so lb by lb its slowly coming down.
PS: being following your runs on strava. really coming together and really impressive miles being put down,.
A great weekends running for me. Got a 5k PB at Parkrun on Saturday , 19:19 and the elusive sub 19 is not firmly on the horizon.
14.5 miles on a mixed trail and road route yesterday. Was supposed to run 8 at MP, but it was just too hot so kept it easy at 08:30 pacing. Never before has a camel back pack seemed like such a good idea. It was baking
So i'm nursing a bit of a sore knee. Been like this for two weeks now. Nothing serious, just think I jarred it whist playing football a few weeks ago. Will give running a rest for a wee while if it doesn't behave this week.
Anyone else suffering from sore knees? Any suggestions.
Im up in Glasgow this week with work so do any of our Scottish contingent know any nice 10 mile + routes they can recommend? Looking to run tomorrow night or Wednesday.